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Would bullet proof glass help deter burglars? How does it compare to normal glass?

We consider buying an apartment, which has previously been used as a shop. Our only concern is that it has large windows (2,5 meters x 2,5 meters), which would function like an invitation to burglars. ...
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Damage when drilling a mirror — normal or not?

I've just had a bespoke mirrored bathroom cabinet installed. The mirrors have had holes drilled for the knobs, and one of the holes has a white mark around it and generally doesn't look very clean. ...
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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it? Is it even possible? The hole only needs to be around 1/4" in diameter, nothing crazy huge.
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Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?

We are building, and just now after the windows have been installed is that I realised they are really high up. The window is made of tempered glass 8mm thick, 3.5 m wide, 2.5 m high and starts at 3....
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

I have just purchased a new glass cooker hood which is 600mm wide. The gap I have for it is also 600mm wide, though perhaps 599.9mm as it is currently a very snug fit. I am a little worried that the ...
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

I have some double pane windows with failed seals. They get condensation inside. When it dries it leaves unsightly residue that I can't figure out how to clean off. I know that I could replace ...
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How can I dispose of large glass mirrors?

I recently remodeled my bathrooms and removed the old flat glass mirrors that were hung on the walls. I kept them thinking that I could cut and frame them, but I wound up just purchasing new ones. ...
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What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
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What is the name of this old glass pattern?

We've accidentally managed to break the glass above our front door, by letting the door slam. I'd like to match the glass replacement, so it matches next door. I have no idea what the pattern is ...
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How can I determine if a mirror is tempered glass or not?

I have a full wall vanity mirror (70" x 42") in my bathroom wall. I need to drill some holes through it in order to install a vanity light. I realized that if the mirror is made from tempered glass it ...
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How can I reinforce a piece of furniture to put an aquarium on it?

I'm planning to build an aquarium - 50 gallons. I estimate that it'll weight 550 pounds. It would be in the top of a cabinet... but the top of that cabinet is a suspended glass. It's similiar to this ...
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How to seal marble tile mixed with glass?

I recently put up a tile backsplash with mosaic marble and glass tiles. I'm preparing to apply sealer to the stone before I start grouting. It's several hundred 1/2" x 2" to 7" mixed in a random ...
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Cheap wood-ish replacement for glass panel in door

This question is similar to another one already on SE but this one focuses on the task as a repair issue rather than as a remodeling one. How can I cheaply and easily (I am a layperson) create a ...
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What glass for an interior, mainly glass, wall?

We would like to install a small interior wall (say 3m long) with a wooden door. We want to make it out of large wooden beams with glass between them (there is already one such wall in the house, and ...
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Is a glass shower screen a suitable backing for mosaics?

I have an old boxed-in corner shower. The glass screen has three panels which are all very hazy. I can't afford to replace it right now. I was thinking of putting mosaics (big pictures - not little ...
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How do I make professional grade double pane glass at home?

I've been shopping around and no one near me will do Argon filled double pane and only one place will do a vacuum. The price seemed astronomically high considering I can buy the glass and the local ...
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Wanting to make a frosted-glass dry erase whiteboard

I want a frosted white glass dry erase board for my office. I can hardly find anybody who offers this without 'call us for prices'. I figured it can't be too difficult to make? Purchase sheet of ...
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Help identifying glass pattern

We are trying to find a replacement for one of the sidelights on our door. The house was built in 1933 and 7 of the 8 side lights appear to be original. I haven’t been able to find this patter ...
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Glass table supporting 12 gallon aquarium

I just recently setup an aquarium I had on this long glass table with dimensions of 54 x 18 inches. The glass is about a half inch thick. My 12 gallon tank I would estimate filled at around 200 lbs. ...
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Installing Glass Mosaic Backsplash

I'm installing a glass mosaic back splash. The tiles are 3/4 inch square and are mounted on a mesh of size 13 x 13 inches. They are 5/32 of an inch thick. I am having trouble with my technique to get ...
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How to remove broken light protector/cover from inside oven?

I bought a 6 year old house, and the Previous Owners did basically zero maintenance. The oven is a Bosch underbench electric unit, and it looks like the glass cap/protector for the interior light has ...
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How to correctly clamp a sliding frameless glass door panel in the slides?

I bought a sliding glass door set for self assembly. Below is a picture of the clamps for the glass. There are some additional plastic inlays that come between the aluminum clamp and the glass. Then ...
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How to break a sheet of glass quietly?

I have a sheet of glass over the kitchen door (for natural light to hit the entry hallway) VICIOUSLY GLUED to the fame. I'm removing the entire frame to replace the old wood door with a glass door and ...
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2018 IBC code requirement for tempered glass windows (safety glass)

I'm trying to figure out if I can bypass requirement for tempered glass. I have 3 windows 40x69 ea, installed in a row separated by 1 1/2 inch material (2x8), all of this is installed in a rough ...
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Did someone throw a rock at my window?

The outside pane of a double-glazed window in my house is broken, and I'm curious to know why. Picture below. I've done some Googling to investigate, and as I it understand the possibilities are: ...
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How can I remove residue left after removing aluminum foil from my windows?

Let's see whether this is a question for DIY or for Chemistry. I put up aluminium foil on my windows for a few days, to test whether it was a good way to avoid the heating by the morning sun. I put ...
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How can I remove paper from glass?

I tried to remove glass-paper from a window in my house, but when I try it tears. How can I remove it without it tearing?
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Can I reuse the glass of my doors for the roofing of my conservatory

My house has this self build (by previous owner) conservatory. But it has some weird and unfinished touches. So I want to fix it! The sliding doors have to go, I prefer normal doors. And there are to ...
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Why does glass spontaneously shatter?

We had double-glazed sliding patio doors installed about 18 months ago. On separate occasions over the past couple of months, two of them have spontaneously shattered from around the centre of the ...
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Hanging 73 lb frameless glass panels on drywall

I have to hang a bunch of glass panels on drywall. they have no frames. Each glass piece is 70"x33.5" and weighs 73lb. the thickness is about 1/4", 5/16". most need to get hung on drywall, a few of ...
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Can I paint frosted glass panels?

I have a folding bathroom door with two ugly frosted glass panels. My other half would prefer them opaque. I wondering what quick wins I can do here. Will some sort of glass paint work?
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What causes this glass shower door hinge separation

This glass shower door was installed in 2013. The top hinge has worked itself loose three times over six years. It's not pulling away from the wall; the internal hinge is coming apart. Is this a ...
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How to temporarily repair a hole in a window pane?

I came home yesterday and found a hole in one of my window glass panels. Looks like a rock hit it from the outside of the house, somehow. I am going to have to replace the glass panel anyway in ...
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How to white spray paint bath window for privacy?

What are tips to paint on privacy for bathroom windows? White spray paint sounds easy, but would make it harder to clean the window, would it not? Pros: Privacy with natural light. Window shades ...
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How do I glue glass top to a wooden base

I made a log table and now I'm trying to put a glass top as you can see in the picture. The issue is that the glass top is not sticking to the log. I tried various things such as clear adhesive ...
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Is there a cheaper alternative to plexiglass?

I want to cover a small area to be usable in the winter / rain. I am thinking of using some transparent or semi/transparent material to allow light to pass and to be discreet. I found Plexiglas, but ...
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What are these large pieces of plexiglass?

I found these large, heavy pieces of plexiglass while cleaning the shed on the property of a house that I just bought. I have no idea what they are or what they are used for. They are about the size ...
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Attaching plastic to glass

The people who repaired my wife’s car’s windshield didn’t do a good job, and the little plastic enclosure surrounding the mirror (containing a light and a sunglasses holder) has fallen off. I tried ...
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Is there a way to mount a crystal ball on a stair post finial?

I would like to make my own design finials for the bottom and top posts that hold my stair banister. I found 4-1/2" crystal balls that I would like to mount on top of a wooden plate that goes on top ...
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What wall materials to use behind glass shower wall?

I am looking to install a glass wall shower system like the one in this video: https://youtu.be/8-qDda-c6yo Question is: What should be behind here? They don’t say in video. Should it be some kind of ...
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Does a storm door help prevent heat loss?

One person advised me that I'll cut down on the heat loss in my kitchen by installing a storm door. Another said I'd get better results by replacing the door itself, and then I can either install a ...
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Can you change the colour of frosted glass easily?

I Have a frosted white glass table that i want to change the colour to a black frosted look, can i paint over the white? Would this work or how else can i turn it into a black frosted glass table?
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How to check the type of installed insulated glazing

In the Netherlands, insulated glass is rated by a standardized rating system, classifying it into 3 categories by the u-value: HR : U value between 2.0 and 1.7 HR+ : U value between 1.6 and 1.3 HR++ ...
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How can I take out the overhead door window glass for cleaning?

The space between the glass and frame are full of bug things. How can I take out the window glass? I searched several YouTube videos. They are either simple screw mount or by clipper molding. What ...
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What glue to stick polycarbonate and glass together?

I am searching for strong glue that Bonds polycarbonate to glass Is cold and hot weather resistant (approximately -50 to 50) Is transparent Optional: Would ideally bond glass if it was broken like ...
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Does a swing-slide frameless glass door mechanism exist?

I would like to have glass around my square-ish shower (90cm × 100cm) in bathroom corner. It should only consist of two pieces: the fixed wall (100cm wide) door (90cm) But instead of swinging doors ...
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What is the difference between double glazing and triple glazing?

Noise reduction is touted as the best attribute but isn't this down to glass pane thickness and spacing? So, is a triple glazed install better than double glazing?
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Cutting and cleaning glass

My neighbor has offered me two panes of glass. They're about 40 x 100cm and stained in places by what I assume is some sort of oil (I haven't examined them closely). I'm interested in making them ...
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Can one pane of a double pane window be safely removed?

Recently I asked Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window? The answer appears to be "no", at least not without resorting to very dangerous chemicals. Two of the ...
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Attaching a towel hook to a glass shower door

We have a glass shower door. We have nowhere else to hang our towels in our tiny bathroom except on the back of the door. We've tried Command hooks, and we've tried using them with what we were told ...
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